Both the Cedar Park and Rouse softball teams are going back to the basics.
The Lady Timberwolves and Lady Raiders both have their sights set on a playoff spot. As District 19-5A play is just getting started, Cedar Park beat Rouse 9-6 at home Friday night in the third game of the district slate.
“It’s been a while since we’ve beat them,” Cedar Park head coach Cami Jenschke said. “It’s not a heated rivalry, but it’s a district school so always good to be them.”
Mackenna Raby pitched six innings for the Lady Timberwolves, allowing three runs on seven hits with three strikeouts. Skylar Cooper struck out two and gave up a pair of hits in one inning of work.
Madelyn Orozco and Sierra Flores and Lauren Silguero each drove in a pair of runs for Cedar Park while Kaleigh Ham was the only player on the team with multiple hits and scored a pair of runs.
Maggie Edwards allowed nine runs and six hits in 5.2 innings for Rouse. Monica Castaneda was 4-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored and one RBI and Bailey Vannoy drove in two runs and scored one for the Lady Raiders.
“For us, we want to make sure that when we come to the game, we compete,” Rouse head coach Lacey Blissit said. “We’ve got some younger players and some older ones that are at the varsity level for the first time. We just want to pull it together. They’ve done a good job of bonding and enjoy playing with each other.”
Jenschke said Cedar Park’s strength in past seasons has been its defense, but she’s happy with how the offense has been coming around during the start of this season.
The Lady Timberwolves return four players named to the All-District lists last season: Ham was a first-team selection, Raby and Cooper were on the second team and Orozco was on the honorable mention list.
Rouse, which finished as the No. 1 seed and district champion last season, had nine players honored on that same list. Three are returning in Castaneda, Vannoy, and Lauren Ham.
“We're breaking it down as much as we can and making sure they know the fundamentals of the game,” Blissit said. “We’ve been getting a lot of reps and trying to master the skills. We’ve been working hard, we just want to make sure that when we get out on the stage, we perform.”
Next up for Rouse is a trip to Georgetown Tuesday at 7 p.m. before returning home to take on Connally Friday night at 7 p.m. and facing Hutto on Monday, March 12 at 7 p.m.
Cedar Park’s future schedule includes a trip to Cedar Creek on Tuesday at 7 p.m., hosting Georgetown on Friday at 7 p.m. and traveling to face off with Connally next Monday night.
“Playoffs is going to be our measure of success this year. I would be happy if they keep getting along like they have been and keep being resilient when we don’t win. We’ve got a long way to go.”